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The Naval Base at the Heart of Putin’s Fight for Crimea

March 6, 2014 The United States doesn't deny that some Russian interests in Ukraine are "legitimate." But what exactly are they? In Crimea, it's not the protection of ethnic Russians, which Russian President Vladimir Putin says is his top priority. It's the protection of a naval base, situated at the southwest tip of...

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Five Years After Obama Vowed to Shut It Down, Guantanamo Bay Remains Open

January 22, 2014 On this day in 2009, President Obama issued an executive order that called for the Guantanamo Bay detention facility to be closed within a year. A month later, in his first State of the Union address, the president told Americans he had ordered the closure of the controversial camp in...

NSA Reforms: What Will Change and What Won't

January 21, 2014 Depending on whom you ask, President Obama's big-ticket changes to the way the government's spy agencies use bulk telephone data, revealed during a Friday speech, pave the way toward serious reform or are merely attempts at window dressing. Obama, who stepped into his presidency with a "healthy skepticism" toward federal...

NSA Reforms: What Will Change, And What Won't

January 17, 2014 Depending on who you ask, President Obama's big-ticket changes to the way the government's spy agencies use bulk telephone data, revealed during a Friday speech, pave the way toward serious reform or are merely attempts at window dressing. Obama, who stepped into his presidency with a "healthy skepticism" toward federal...

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We Now Know Whom to Blame for Benghazi

January 15, 2014 The enduring question of blame surrounding the terrorist attacks in Benghazi, Libya, that killed four Americans in 2012 has finally been answered, at least according to a Senate Intelligence Committee report released Wednesday. The report found that the State Department failed to increase security at the U.S. diplomatic compound, despite...

NASA's Budget Woes Eclipse Plans for Another Moon Walk in 2020

January 15, 2014 Americans have not set foot on the moon's surface since 1972. During his presidency, George W. Bush wanted to change that. "We do not know where this journey will end, yet we know this: Human beings are headed into the cosmos," Bush said during a speech at NASA headquarters on...

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Remember When George W. Bush Wanted to Send People to the Moon Again by 2020?

January 14, 2014 Americans have not set foot on the moon's surface since 1972. During his presidency, George W. Bush wanted to change that. "We do not know where this journey will end, yet we know this: Human beings are headed into the cosmos," Bush said during a speech at NASA headquarters on...

Why You Shouldn't Use a Laser-Equipped Gun as a Presentation Tool

January 7, 2014 There's a time and place for laser pointers, those tiny, handheld devices that emit a steady stream of light. Middle-school classrooms, for one. Boardroom presentations, for another. This concept evades some New Yorkers, like Gov. Andrew Cuomo's homeland security chief, who have found other, creative uses for the technology. The...

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Former Defense Secretary Bob Gates' Memoir Doesn't Make Anyone Look Good

January 7, 2014 Former Defense Secretary Robert Gates' memoir is 640 pages long. And at least some of those pages aren't filled with warm reflections of a career well-spent. Gates does not have kind words for his former boss, Barack Obama. "The president doesn't trust his commander," Gates writes in Duty: Memoirs of...

Here Comes the Crowdfunded Edward Snowden Biopic

January 6, 2014 There's no question that Edward Snowden's life would make for a killer spy thriller, and independent and Hollywood filmmakers alike have been mulling over the idea since the first intelligence leaks last summer. In June, a small company called J.Shot spent $540 on a five-minute film about Snowden's time in...